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Memorable Manitobans: Greenwood Briercliffe (1860-1924)

Farmer.

Born at Farnsworth, England on 26 August 1860, a descendant of a prominent British cotton manufacturer, he came to the Rural Municipality of Springfield in 1882. He established a sheep farm and, a few years later, turned to general farming which he conducted until retirement in 1912 when he moved to Winnipeg. He and wife Elizabeth Dyson (1859-1930) had eight children: Bessie Dyson Briercliffe (1886-1886), Henry Carle Dyson “Harry” Briercliffe (1887-1973), Evelyn Greenwood Briercliffe (1889-1969), Aylmer Vernon Briercliffe (1890-1970), Rudolph Eli Briercliffe (1891-1891), Albany Featherstone Briercliffe (1892-1960), May Elfreda “Freda” Briercliffe (1896-1972, wife of Reginald Frederick Dawkins), and Lillian Elizabeth “Lil” Briercliffe (1895-1994). He served as a Justice of the Peace and was a member of the Springfield municipal council for 17 years. Blinded in 1919, he died at his Winnipeg residence, 512 Greenwood Place, on 2 December 1924 and was buried in the St. John's Anglican Cemetery. He is commemorated by Greenwood Place in Winnipeg.

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Death claims early settler,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 December 1924, page 6.

Obituary [Evelyn Greenwood Briercliffe], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 November 1969, page 16.

Obituary [H. C. D. Briercliffe], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1973, page 35.

Obituary [Lillian Elizabeth Briercliffe], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1994, page 42.

Obituary [Robert Greenwood Briercliffe], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 2021.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2021

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